Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Description & Overview:
Owned and managed by Audubon, Caratunk was established in 1971 through the generosity of Mr. Charles G. Greenhalgh of Pawtucket, RI. Well-marked, easy to moderate trails weave through nearly 200 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands. Trails are open only to the following activities: hiking, bird watching, nature study, photography, ski touring, and snowshoeing. The refuge provides a protected and diverse habitat for native plants and animals as well as many educational programs. Camp is held here in the summer for children and public programs concerning the environment are held year-round for concerned citizens of all ages. Special programs for scout groups, senior citizens and other community groups may be arranged by reservation. Please call us at (401) 949-5454 if interested. Check out the Audubon Program listings for upcoming scheduled events at Caratunk. Six miles of well marked trails are maintained for public use and easy walking in the quiet and natural setting. We encourage proper use of the refuge and stewardship of the gifts it offers us to enjoy.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, year round
Miles of Trails: 6 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpath
Trail Rating: Moderate Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Are Dogs Allowed? No
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
For driving directions see the trailheads information below.
Bike Path Access: No
Driving Landmarks: From I-195, take the Broadway exit. Bear left at the bottom of the ramp, onto Warren Avenue, turn left at the first set of lights, onto Route 114 north. Travel approximately 2 miles and then turn right onto Route 152 north. Continue on Route 152 across a reservoir and into Seekonk. After you pass the middle school on the left, turn right onto Brown Avenue. Caratunk is 7/10 of a mile on the right.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
A Bridge Over a Stream at Cartunk Refuge
Photography by: Scott Ruhren
Date of Photograph: December 4, 2012
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This site report was last updated on April 18, 2013